What is Mindfulness?
So What is Mindfulness….
Mindfulness is about becoming aware of what’s going in our body, in our feelings, in our mind. Just observing, noticing, without the need to change anything. So paying attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.
Mindfulness provides a simple but powerful route for getting ourselves unstuck and back in touch with our own wisdom and vitality. It is a way to take charge of the direction and quality of our own lives, including relationships with our family, our work and to the world at large, and most fundamentally, our relationship with ourselves. So being in touch with our true selves, with our source of wisdom and compassion.
The ways in which we need to grow are usually those we are most defended against and are least willing to admit exist, let alone take a mindful peek at, and then act on to change.
We may be so defended against feeling the full impact of our emotional pain - whether it be fear, anger, grief, shame, or for that matter even joy or satisfaction - that we unconsciously escape into a cloud of numbness in which we do not permit ourselves to feel anything at all, or to know that we are feeling.
How can being mindful help?
Mindfulness works in part, by helping people accept their experiences - including painful emotions, as they are, rather then reacting to them with aversion.
Being mindful makes it easier to enjoy the pleasures in life, helps us become more fully engaged in all activities and creates a much greater capacity to deal with adverse events that may occur in our lives.
By focusing on the here and now we find ourselves less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past and are more able to form deeper connections with others. We find ourselves becoming less concerned about success and self-esteem.